The final question from Maria is, is tracking calories important when it comes to losing weight?
The answer is, it depends.
First, it depends on your goal. What is your goal? Are you somebody that’s trying to get into a bikini contest in the next 30 days?
If that is your goal, guess what? Well, you have to count every single calories because you have to be very, very particular about what you eat, because to get on stage, you have to look a certain way. But with also the understanding that after you get on stage, you can’t maintain that look.
I have never met anybody that did a bikini contest that had to diet very strictly that maintained that look after the competition because it’s not sustainable.
So, but for someone like that because of their goal, counting every calorie is important to them to achieve that goal.
Now, let’s talk about the everyday person like me and you, the everyday person.
What is our goal?
Most of you watching this right now might want to lose weight but why? Cause you just want to feel good. Right? You want to feel good, you want to feel strong, you want to have a lot of energy.
In my case, I want to stay in shape because, what, I have two young kids and they have a lot of energy, two young boys, a lot of energy and I have to be able to keep up with them.
Plus, I’m a husband. I have to be able to have energy for my wife. Plus, I’m a business owner. I have to be able to have energy to serve my client.
Those are the driving forces behind why I’m trying to stay in shape these days. Now, when I was 18 years old, guess what, I wanted to have six pack abs. I wanted to like be able to lift 500 pounds, all those things, right? Nothing wrong with those goals. But again, my life situation is different, right?
So, for most people like you and me, we just want to feel good. We want to be able to fit into our outfit, our favorite outfit, without our gut hanging out, right?
Having said that, when it comes to tracking calories, is it important?
Also keep in mind, you have to have a long term mindset, a long term perspective.
What does that mean?
You have to ask yourself, whatever is I’m doing, can I do it for the rest of my life?
Can you count calories for the rest of your life?
If the answer is “yes”, well then, keep counting calories.
But again, for most people like you and me, it’s not sustainable.
So, for me personally, I never count calories. In the different phases of my life that I’ve had to lose weight, I never counted calories. Honestly, I never counted calories one time, and I was still able to lose weight.
Recently, in one month, I lost 20 pounds without counting calories, without starving myself, without depriving myself of like my favorite sweets.
I lost 20 pounds in a month. I still had chocolate. I still had bread. My wife is a chef, and if you know anything about professional chefs, that bake a lot. So my wife makes lots of delicious bread that I eat.
So, I was having chocolate, I was having bread, plus I’m African so I like African food, right, cultural food. So, I eat those things too and still was able to lose 20 pounds in 30 days.
The question is, how?
Because I have a system, you understand?
When you have a system, you do not have to worry about counting calories.
What you need to learn though is, better eating habits that you can sustain over the long haul.
Remember guys, the goal is not just to lose weight today. The goal is to lose weight and manage to keep most of it off in the long haul.